EPA Approves Exemptions for Classic Car Emission Testing

December 27, 2006

Collectable cars and trucks can soon skip emissions testing in Arizona’s Maricopa and Pima Counties.

The Environmental Protection Agency approved Arizona legislation that will allow vehicles 15 years or older to skip emissions for registration. However, the cars must be true show cars or hobbyist items that carry collector-car insurance, which limits annual mileage and restricts use.

The EPA agreed with findings by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality that such vehicles have a “negligible impact” on air quality in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

“We’ve been saying all along that we’re not part of the problem, that collector cars produce insignificant emissions,” said Bill Gilmore, a longtime auto hobbyist and legislative lobbyist for collector-car groups. “If we’re not part of the problem, we shouldn’t be part of the solution.”

The EPA action also approved exempting motorcycles in the Tucson area from emissions testing.

About 7,000 vehicles statewide meet the stipulations for exemption and about 6,200 motorcycles meet them in Pima County.

The state Legislature passed the exemptions bill in April 2005. It was then signed by Gov. Janet Napolitano and submitted to the EPA for hearings and study.

The state exemptions are expected to take effect about March 1.

Latest Comments

  • October 4, 2007 at 11:27 am
    J Yahraus says:
    Here's one for you guys. After complying with the emissions idiots and putting my pipes all the way to the outside of the car. To make testing easier for them, I go back again... read more
  • April 9, 2007 at 8:50 am
    D. Allen says:
    Boneheads at DMV/ADEQ. Looks like I will have to pay 40 bucks for registration if I can\'t dial in my carbs just right the first time. Meanwhile, the illegals will drive down ... read more
  • April 9, 2007 at 8:14 am
    Curtis Fisher says:
    I have read that they have moved the date this law goes into affect to April 30th 2007. Until then nothing changes :(
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